April 10 1/2 Day Continuing Education Training Seminar

Topics Include: Computer Intrusion Trends/Crimes - FBI Supervisory Sepcial Agent Justin Kolenbrander;

Leadership Strategies - SilverStone Group Senior Consultant Associate Vicki Kennel

Auditing and Accounting Update - OPPD Manager Financial Accounting and Reporting Joni Davis

RSVP online in the events page or to Russ Freitag at rfreitag@esu3.org

Time: 12:30-4:30

UNO Mammel Hall Room 320 A/B

cost before April 8: members 65.00 non members 75.00

after April 8: all $80.00

4 hours of CPE applied for

March 20 AGA meeting

Please join us on Thursday March 20 at Omaha/Douglas Public Building Commission’s Office to hear Dennis Snook, Manager of Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity, at OPPD speak on the importance of “Contingency Planning” The conference room is located in the Civic Center at 1819 Farnam Street Suite 1210 cost for the lunch is $15.00 time is 11:30-1:00RSVP to Russ Freitag rfreitag@esu3.org

February AGA Meeting

February Monthly Meeting

Speaker:  Jude
Lui – Topic - GASB Update

Date:   February 20,
2014

Place:  OPPD Energy Plaza, 444 S. 16th St Mall (Conference Room)

Time:  11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Cost:   $15.00 all
participants

 

Pay online at www.omahaaga.org or RSVP by 4:00pm Friday,
February 14 to Russ Freitag at rfreitag@esu3.org.

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Omaha AGA Publishes first ever Citizen Centric Report

Hot off the presses - Omaha AGA publishes their first ever CCR (Citizen Centric Report). In a push from National to encourage all chapters to implement the CCR and spread the benefits of this reporting tool to the membership and local and regional govermental entities - Omaha AGA answered the call.

Regionally, the Midwest Regional Chapters are also publishing their own CCR’s look for them on each of their web sites.ccromahametroareaaga20111

Omaha Chapter to receives yet Another Platinum Award at National PDC

For the fourth year in a row the Omaha Chapter has received a Platinum Award for its outstanding chapter year. Sara Ransford and Sharon Medina should be congratulated for leading a fantastic chapter year 2011/2012. Platinum awards are given to chapters that have met the top level of points in all areas of the chapter recognition program. Jude Lui and Sharon will travel to San Diego to the National PDC to receive the recognition. Thanks to the board that helped develop this successful chapter year! Way to go team!

AGA’s Citizen - Centric Reporting Initiative

In 2008, AGA surveyed the public on the effectiveness of government fiscal reporting. Eighty-nine percent said that, as taxpayers, they are entitled to transparent financial management information, and 57 percent said that government has an obligation to provide it. They further indicated that government is failing to meet its financial management reporting needs, and that poor performance has created a problem of trust between residents and their governments. The survey showed that governments need new innovative means of communication to overcome those challenges.

AGA’s citizen-centric reports are designed to help remedy this. The program is an easily adoptable reporting option for all governments, including guidelines for content, a design template and completed reports.

The AGA Citizen-Centric Government Reporting Initiative is steadily expanding. The U.S. Departments of the Interior and Defense as well as the U.S. Coast Guard have produced reports at the federal level. The states of Oregon, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington as well as cities and counties such as Saco, ME, Tallahassee, FL, Portland, OR, and Blount County, TN, have produced Citizen-Centric Reports to the benefit of their citizens. Many others are in the works.

We encourage you to take the initiative to work with your government employer or with the city, town or state where you live and persuade them to produce a similar report. AGA is ready and waiting to help with free consulting advice, a template and other tools to help you accomplish this goal. Please visitwww.agacgfm.org/citizen/construct.aspx or call Susan Fritzlen at 800.AGA.7211 for more details.

Performance - Based Management

Public officials can speed up and enhance government reforms and transparency through performance-based management (PBM) right now with modest changes to existing information systems. PBM integrates existing financial, operations and other data into eye-opening and actionable facts for enlightened decisions. It is able to consistently track cost and performance over time and improve predictive ability. PBM is flexible, so that different entities can tailor it to their needs and still give top leaders consistent, cross-government views of performance and the cost of creating societal value. Read the report.

2009 CFO Survey: Recovery and the Transparency Imperative

In spring 2009, nearly 500 government financial executives and managers from the United States and Canada participated in the 15th annual chief financial officer (CFO) survey sponsored by the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) and AGA Professional Corporate Partner Grant Thornton. Key topics for 2009 include economic recovery, transparency, what new CFOs need to know and annual financial statements. Read the report.

Administration Seeks Your Recovery.gov Tips


The Obama administration launches a seven-day, “high tech roundtable” on Monday, seeking suggestions on how to build Recovery.gov, the online hub for information related to the distribution of economic stimulus funds. The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (RAT), in partnership with the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), will host the exchange of ideas starting Monday, in hopes of collecting ideas on how to operate the site from state and local officials, contractors, IT experts and potential recipients of stimulus funds. Site visitors will be able to post ideas, comment on others and rank the best ones, in hopes that the best ideas rise to the top, said Danielle Germain, project director with NAPA, a Congressionally-chartered nonpartisan organization focused on government management. –Ed O’Keefe, The Washington Post. Read more.

http://www.recovery.gov/

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Omaha Metro Area Chapter is pleased to announce their Three Platinum Award Designation for the Chapter 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 Years